Students Earn Prestigious Fellowships Underscoring Institute’s Leadership in AI

Artificial intelligence (AI) research by two Georgia Institute of Technology students has caught the attention of one of the world's leading financial services companies. 

Gaurav Verma and Yuxi Wu are recipients of 2023 J.P. Morgan AI Research Ph.D. Fellowship Awards. They are among 13 scholars being honored this year by J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. for AI research projects taking on real-world challenges.

"Our goal is to recognize and enable the next generation of leading AI researchers. We want to create an environment where researchers can inspire change and make a lasting impact in our communities and across our industry," said Manuela Veloso, Ph.D., head of AI Research, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.

Verma is pursuing his Ph.D. in the School of Computational Science and Engineering. Working with his advisor, Assistant Professor Srijan Kumar, Verma expects to ensure safety, equity, and well-being by creating multimodal learning and natural language processing approaches to achieve better human-AI interactions.

Wu is a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Interactive Computing. Empowering people regarding their privacy concerns is at the core of her research. Wu examines how cross-sector, collective action systems could better support end-user privacy. Professor Keith Edwards and Adjunct Assistant Professor Sauvik Das advise Wu.

"It's inspiring to see our students and their work being honored with these prestigious fellowships," said Irfan Essa, computer science professor and director of the Machine Learning Center at Georgia Tech.

"Georgia Tech continues to lead in AI education and research. These fellowships for Gaurav and Yuxi are evidence that we're continuing to move in the right direction."

Verma and Wu are part of a spectrum of AI research spanning Georgia Tech. To unite this broad community and ensure it continues moving in the right direction, the Institute recently established AI Hub at Georgia Tech.

"AI has a deep history at Georgia Tech, and we continue to serve as leaders in many areas of AI research and education," said Essa, interim co-director of AI Hub at Georgia Tech.

"Bringing all areas of AI under one umbrella, AI Hub at Georgia Tech will provide structure and governance as the Institute continues to lead and innovate in the burgeoning discipline of AI."

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